Pay Attention at the Check Out Counter
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Pay Attention at the Check Out Counter

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm
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Are you carefully clipping those coupons and matching them to the sales but then forgetting to follow up at the check out counter? You could be losing money. Here is why.

Many stores utilize a bonus card or club card for their store. You can’t get the sale or discounted price unless you have this card. The problem is that sometimes the cashiers are so busy that they forget to scan the card during your order. This means that you won’t get the sales price and instead, you will have to pay the full regular price. Always make sure your cashier scans your card. You can even assign this job to a child or another member of your family, so you can get busy loading the belt or getting your coupons out.

If cashiers forget to scan cards, they also forget to scan coupons. Sometimes they forget to scan all of your coupons, and sometimes they only forget to scan a few. Either way, you are out some cash. Since it is easy for the cashier to get distracted, I usually tell them I have coupons and then hand the coupons over after all of my items have been scanned. This way, the cashier has the coupons in hand when he or she is ready to scan them. And, I can watch the screen as the money comes off for each coupon.

Finally, here is an error that isn’t the cashier’s fault. Just because an item is on sale, doesn’t mean that the scanner will record the sale price. Many items scan in at full price, even if they are advertised on sale. When this happens, you are often entitled to a cash bonus in addition to having the price corrected. Usually the bonus is to simply get the item for free, or it can be up to an additional $5 back. This all depends on the store policy and the state law.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.